31 Oct 2011

App Demo

I've had the urge to explore again, so sorry to anyone if you think I'm ignoring you, I just sometimes need to wrestle my way through a lot of Moorland and woods, it gets a bit dangerous sometimes, suprising what you will do for a glimpse of a boulder or two, never mind walking miles to a tiny piece of rock.
Some good news, Steve from 'The Send' sent me the updated working demo for the betaguides app, after a months testing, I can say It works like a dream feeding off the database and links with no crashes, well done Steve.

Don't think I would make a good TV presenter?

16 Oct 2011

The Spirit of the Moors draws everyone back

After an entertaining headlamp darkness walk in to Kay Nest ready for the Meet, the bright moon and clear starlit skies seemed well deserved. The night was cold but as soon the sun came over the moor we warmed up like lizards on some of the boulders, once fully charged, it was time to enjoy the most stunning dale in the Moors, by the time we were warm nearly everyone had turned up for the meet.
James on a new pinch problem
A brilliant low Arete 
Riverview pocket problem, soon after Sam got the right arete, quite impressive
Warming up on the mighty Ship Stone
Mike on the Canon
The ascent of the Canon, A value for money 8a involving clamping and wrestling
The Hull block, quite a slab
Ready to Rock-over deep into the wood
Forget going static
Lisa would not approve? needed to have a go, yeah scary!
Day two - back to The Duck boulders

Tony gets the arete
A hard variation on a block we missed last time?
Yet more Duck stuff
I'm Knackered! that's it - what a weekend
cheers everyone for coming

12 Oct 2011

The Meet Revealed

Think it's time to reveal the location for this weekends meet, It's in beautiful dale lost in time, the venue is Kay Nest one of the Moors most peaceful and scenic locations, with some fine sandstone for everyone to enjoy, a place you could easily fall in love with.
Access: Use the map shown below: two routes are possible the second is flatter but longer?
1. head Right at Hill End Farm farm and make your way round the hill, then the path slopes down and crosses the stream, plough your way back up the opposite hill and head north to the Crag
2.  Head Left at the base of the hill with small boulders on it, then follow the path to a track on the top of Nab Ridge, follow this for a long while until you can head right down into Tripsdale, the crag is back up the other side to the right

Saturday and Sunday the 15th - 16th of October

Hope to see you there, I will be revealing a couple of other venues on the day?
Overview Map of the Boulders and Crag
Print this for the routes in

9 Oct 2011

Even More Ducks

A second weekend at the Duck boulders, this time digging even deeper going underground to further develop the ever growing number of varied lines the cluster holds, Friday saw the best of it as the rock was dry. Sunday looked bleak! yet something still drew me back?  so I sort of dragged everyone back to check the unfinished business. Sorry
It's not over yet Tom
Tricky without the flake
Nigel on a top quality sloping traverse
Pumpy sustained underground, what more could you ask for
What a sunset, scary top-out!
Sunday visit, Mike and Nigel got the left arete, after it dried
eventually retreating to the usually dry Ravenswick, some lines were still dry

2 Oct 2011

Good Day for Ducks

A big change in the weather, from sweltering heat to showers, at least the ducks were happy.
got back to a venue that will hold a stacks of problems when it is full developed. Tonnes of rock, a bit of a bouldering jackpot, after digging deeper good problems were coming thick and fast, only to be stopped by the showers ruining the top-outs, looking forward to a return visit with all the bracken gone
A Canopy Shelter
Underground Bouldering
Lisa got caught out by the rain!
Sam on a great find - good work Sam

1 Oct 2011

The Meet - October 15th - 16th

Now the brackens almost dead, it's time to organise another meet, this time at my personal favourite place in the Moors, (absolutley stunning area)  We have been keeping this venue a bit hush hush, ready for the meet as the place has some hard projects to be done and a bit of work is needed to free up some more blocks, many hands at the meet will do this.
The Circuit is already over sixty problems from 3 to 7c with some new lines to be done across the grades.
The location will be revealed a couple of days before, so no-one can get their mitts on some of the lines before the meet. Please email me if you are interested: lee@betaguides.com
Quite a prize? if you can get started?
Night Bouldering